Foreword by the Founder
It is a sad fact, that many children, youths and young women have to live on the shadowy side of life. Ostracized from society, despised and discriminated against, they are deprived of hope and faith in the future. It is because I wanted to bring light into the lives of these human beings in need of help and provide them with sustainable support that I decided to found the Ursula Zindel-Hilti Foundation in 2006.
The Foundation’s objective is to help children, youths and young women whose daily lives are characterized by poverty, fear, abuse and the absence of fundamental human rights. We want to provide them with safe accommodation, medical assistance, food and education, something we try to achieve – whenever possible – within their family context, which will ultimately benefit the living conditions of the affected families as well. In those cases where it is not possible for the children, youths and young women to live with their families, we try to create a family-like environment, a new home that gives them security, loving care and adequate support. It is our declared intention to help young people find a way out of the bitterness of poverty. We want to improve their development potential and open up new opportunities for their future. For this very reason, we focus our efforts on social entrepreneurs and organizations that devote themselves to combating the causes of abuse in the field and commit themselves to helping these young human beings to live a life in dignity.
(† November 7, 2016)
In Memoriam – Ursula Zindel-Hilti
On November 7, 2016 Ursula Zindel-Hilti, who established the Foundation that bears her name, embarked on her final journey.
Her great strength in accepting her fate without complaint, and organizing the remaining time she had as positively as possible, is exemplary to us all.
Since the Foundation was established in 2006, the concern most important to Ursula Zindel-Hilti was providing help and assistance to people in distress and in difficult situations, making it possible for them to find a path toward a better future. A great deal of good was accomplished thanks to her outsized sense of responsibility, exceptional commitment and her determination.
Her prudent foresight has made it possible for the Foundation Board to continue her work, providing support for many projects which help women and children find a path to a secure environment through the communication of knowledge, thereby improving their prospects for the future.
We are honored and pleased to continue the Foundation’s work as she intended.
On behalf of the Members of the Board
Dr. Marion Matt, President